May 19, 2022 - News

Weekend temperatures could set records in Columbus

Data: Midwestern Regional Climate Center; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

It's not just you — May has been a scorcher.

  • And it's going to get even hotter.

Driving the news: Friday's high forecast of 91 degrees in Columbus, if reached, would tie the record high for May 20, per the National Weather Service.

  • Saturday's high forecast of 90 is just two degrees below the record high.

Context: In the first half of May, we've already logged an above-average number of days above 80 degrees (6) when compared to the past 10 years (the average is 5.1).

Yes, and: As we previously reported, overall, Columbus is getting hotter.

  • From 1948, the earliest data available, to today, the average number of days surpassing 80 degrees from May 1-17 was just 3.9.
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